By Alan Duffy
Reading 3-2 West Bromwich Albion – Premier League – 12th January 2013
Looking dead and buried (yet again) with just 10 minutes left on the clock, Premier League strugglers Reading produced an incredible late, late comeback to secure a vital three points against West Brom.
The Baggies dominated for large periods of the game, with Romelu Lukaku’s brace (one in either half) a fair reflection of the balance of power during the majority of the clash. Indeed, the Belgian striker also managed to hit the bar and the post as he terrorised the Reading backline.
However, with just eight minutes to go, Jimmy Kebe got one back for the Royals, before Kebe himself was the victim of Jonas Olsson’s clumsy foul in the box, with sub Adam Le Fondre converting the resulting spot-kick.
Still, the Royals pushed forward as the home fans roared on their side. And then, at the death, Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak won the game for Brian McDermott’s side, firing home from close-range.
That dramatic victory sees Reading move to within three points of safety while Steve Clarke’s Baggies, who will no doubt be wondering how they managed to lose the game at all, find themselves in seventh spot.